DIMENSIONS OF NEW BRIDGE
Corner Stone laid by Governor Alfred E. Smith, October 11th 1925.
Length, 3,000 feet Main span, 1,500 feet.
Shore span, each, 750 feet Poughkeepsie approach, 1,100 feet.
To cost over $6,000,000.
Mid-Hudson Traffic Bridge, leading to Roosevelt Memorial Library and Home, Hyde Park
The Poughkeepsie approach consists of three small bridges over two streets and the New York Central tracks. The Highland approach cut will consist of a twenty-foot concrete highway, the length of which will be a mile and a quarter.
Built by real estate developer William Van Duzer Lawrence, on Sunset Hill in Lawrence Park, in 1905, this Spanish Colonial/Mission styled hotel was a symbol of exclusivity. With 300 guest rooms, three restaurants, a gracious lobby and grand staircase leading into a ballroom, this hotel represented high style and elegance.
After the Depression hit, the hotel started a slow and prolonged decline, until it was torn down in 1972, to make way for townhouses.